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How a Cuban Spy and His Wife Came to Be Expectant Parents

How a Cuban Spy and His Wife Came to Be Expectant Parents
DEC. 22, 2014

It was no easy feat to get a vial of frozen sperm from Gerardo
Hernández, a Cuban spy serving two life sentences in California, to
Panama, where his wife, desperate to have a baby, was artificially
inseminated.

Yet the matter became an urgent priority over… Continue reading

Alan Gross: Cuba Releases Him After Five Years in Prison

Alan Gross: Cuba Releases Him After Five Years in Prison
Dec 17, 2014, 8:48 AM ET
By JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL
Senior National Correspondent

Held for five years in Cuba, 65-year-old American contractor Alan Gross
has been released from prison and is en route to U.S. soil, ABC News has
learned exclusively.

In a landmark humanitarian prisoner exchange to… Continue reading

U.S. ‘In Conversations’ About Releasing American From Cuban Prison, Obama Says

U.S. ‘In Conversations’ About Releasing American From Cuban Prison,
Obama Says
Dec 10, 2014, 10:56 AM ET
By JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL
Senior National Correspondent

President Obama for the first time publicly acknowledged the U.S. is
negotiating with Cuba for the release of American contractor Alan Gross
through a “variety of channels.”

In an interview with Jorge Ramos for… Continue reading

Santiesteban Protests Against Conditions Of His Confinement

Santiesteban Protests Against Conditions Of His Confinement / 14ymedio,
Lilianne Ruiz
Posted on December 8, 2014

14ymedio, LILIANNE RUIZ, 7 December 2014 — Writer and journalist Angel
Santiesteban continues to be detained, since August, in a border guard
military unit located on Primera Street in Miramar. His jailers have
announced to him this week that he may be transferred to… Continue reading

U.S. contractor Alan Gross marks 5 years jailed in Cuba, says he will die if not freed by May

U.S. contractor Alan Gross marks 5 years jailed in Cuba, says he will
die if not freed by May
Published December 03, 2014 Fox News Latino

AP
HAVANA (AP) – Five years to the day after his arrest in Cuba on
espionage charges, former U.S. contractor Alan Gross is threatening a
hunger strike, refusing almost all visitors and predicting he… Continue reading

To Cuba, for haute cuisine

To Cuba, for haute cuisine
UCSD-based think tank sponsors tour of Fidel’s food and politics
By Matt Potter, Dec. 4, 2014

As rumors of an impending thaw in relations with Cuba make the rounds,
some well-heeled tourists affiliated with a UCSD-related think tank had
planned to set off this weekend on a seven-day, $6100-a-person haute
cuisine tour of the island.… Continue reading

American in Cuban prison gives dire prediction as U.S. calls for his release

American in Cuban prison gives dire prediction as U.S. calls for his release

HAVANA — Five years to the day after his arrest in Cuba on espionage
charges, former U.S. contractor Alan Gross is threatening a hunger
strike, refusing almost all visitors and predicting he will die in
prison if he isn’t freed by his 66th birthday in May, relatives… Continue reading

U.S. and Cuba Working On Solution to Free American Alan Gross From Cuban Jail

U.S. and Cuba Working On Solution to Free American Alan Gross From Cuban
Jail
Dec 3, 2014, 12:04 AM ET
By JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL
Senior National Correspondent

Alan Gross is seen in this undated file photo. bringalanhome.com
Today is the 5th anniversary of U.S. government contractor Alan Gross’s
arrest for espionage in Cuba, and ABC news has learned… Continue reading

Alan Gross losing hope after 5 years in Cuban prison

Alan Gross losing hope after 5 years in Cuban prison
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
11/30/2014 7:01 PM 12/01/2014 12:01 AM

In this Dec. 3, 2013 file photo, supporters of Alan Gross, on poster at
left, mark his fourth year in a Cuban prison with a protest in Lafayette
Park, across from the White House in Washington, D.C. CHARLES DHARAPAK AP… Continue reading

American Jailed in Cuba – I Want to Go Home

American Jailed in Cuba: I Want to Go Home

Two U.S. senators got a rare two-hour meeting on Tuesday with a Maryland
contractor imprisoned in Cuba who told them he wants to come home. Alan
Gross, 65, has served four years of his 15-year sentence for allegedly
bringing communications equipment into Cuba while working as a
subcontractor for the U.S.… Continue reading

Uncovering a dark secret at ‘Model Prison’

Uncovering a dark secret at ‘Model Prison’
BY NORA GAMEZ TORRES
10/26/2014 9:46 AM 10/26/2014 2:46 PM

On a remote island off the southwest coast of Cuba stands a complex of
circular structures once described by French philosopher Michel Foucault
as a perfect model of disciplinary power. Those held there can’t tell if
an armed guard was watching from… Continue reading

Political arrests down in Cuba, opposition says

Political arrests down in Cuba, opposition says
Published October 02, 2014 EFE

Last month saw at least 411 politically motivated detentions in Cuba,
the lowest monthly total this year, the dissident Cuban Commission for
Human Rights and National Reconciliation, or CCDHRN, said Thursday.

“The trend of diminishing acts of repression of this kind, observed over
the last four months, continues,”… Continue reading

Alan Gross: Trapped in a Cold War Tale

Alan Gross: Trapped in a Cold War Tale / Ivan Garcia
Posted on August 15, 2014

In the Zamora neighbourhood, next to the Carlos J. Finlay military
hospital, in the Marianao Council area, in Eastern Havana, many of the
neighbours don’t know anything about the background of Allan Gross, the
US contractor, who is stuck there.

It’s a poor district,… Continue reading

US contractor Alan Gross ‘may not survive’ Cuba jail term

US contractor Alan Gross ‘may not survive’ Cuba jail term
By Sarah Rainsford
BBC News, Havana

The lawyer of a US government contractor imprisoned in Cuba says he
doesn’t know how long he will survive in prison.

Alan Gross has served four years of a 15-year term for taking internet
equipment to Cuba illegally.

According to his lawyer, Scott Gilbert,… Continue reading

American imprisoned in Cuba says goodbye to family

Posted on Monday, 08.04.14

American imprisoned in Cuba says goodbye to family
BY JESSICA GRESKO
ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — A lawyer for an American who has spent more than four
years imprisoned in Cuba said Monday that his client cannot take life in
prison much longer and has said his goodbyes to his wife and a daughter.

Alan Gross was… Continue reading

Alan Gross Deep in Depression

Cuba: Alan Gross Deep in Depression
July 30, 2014
Refuses to Receive Most Visitors in Cuba
Wilfredo Cancio Isla (Café Fuerte)

HAVANA TIMES — Alan Gross, the US citizen sentenced to 15 years in
prison in Cuba, has lost the use of his right eye and refuses to receive
most visitors owing to a profound state of depression.

“Alan’s situation… Continue reading

Lawyer – Alan Gross ‘plans to end his life’

Posted on Wednesday, 06.25.14

Lawyer: Alan Gross ‘plans to end his life’
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA — The wife and lawyer of a U.S. government subcontractor
imprisoned in Cuba say they fear for his life after his mother’s death
from cancer last week.

Judy Gross is in Havana to visit her jailed husband, Alan Gross. She
says in a statement… Continue reading

Wife of US man jailed in Cuba says he’s despondent

Posted on Wednesday, 06.25.14

Wife of US man jailed in Cuba says he’s despondent
BY PETER ORSI
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA — The wife of Alan Gross, a U.S. government development
subcontractor serving a 15-year prison sentence in Cuba, said Wednesday
she fears for his life even more after he received the demoralizing news
of his mother’s death from cancer.

Speaking… Continue reading

After mother’s death, jailed American Alan Gross visited by wife in Cuba

After mother’s death, jailed American Alan Gross visited by wife in Cuba
By Patrick Oppmann, CNN
June 25, 2014 — Updated 0234 GMT (1034 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Alan Gross’ wife, Judy, visits husband in Cuba a week after his mother’s
death
The U.S. State Department contractor offered to return to jail after a
goodbye visit
The Cuban government denied his… Continue reading

Gross Injustice

Gross Injustice
By Post Editorial BoardJune 20, 2014 | 11:47pm
Modal Trigger

It’s now been almost five years since Alan Gross, the US aid worker
imprisoned in Cuba, last saw his elderly mother.
Now he’ll never see her again.
Evelyn Gross died this week of lung cancer at age 92, two months after
persuading her son to end a nine-day… Continue reading

Alan Gross was no soldier but should not be left behind in Cuba

Posted on Friday, 06.20.14

Alan Gross was no soldier but should not be left behind in Cuba
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO

The American captive in Cuba, Alan Gross, won’t be able to attend his
mother’s funeral and mourn her death with his family.

It’s a despicable decision, but the cruelty of the Cuban government is
not surprising to those of… Continue reading

U.S. Urges Cuba to Free Alan Gross for His Mother’s Funeral

U.S. Urges Cuba to Free Alan Gross for His Mother’s Funeral
United States urges Cuba to allow imprisoned contractor to travel home
to attend his mother’s funeral as a humanitarian gesture.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 6/19/2014, 5:44 AM

The United States called on Cuba on Wednesday to allow imprisoned
contractor Alan Gross to travel home to attend his mother’s… Continue reading

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